Daniel Levitan is the composer of numerous works for percussion ensemble that are regularly performed at colleges and universities across the country and around the world.
He studied composition at Bennington College (BA, 1976) with Henry Brant, Vivian Fine, and Marta Ptazynska; and percussion privately with Phil Ford and Ray Spiegel (tabla), Frank Malabe (conga and latin percussion), and Tom Hemphill (mallets).
Mr. Levitan, a graduate as well of the North Bennett Street School (1975), works as a piano technician in New York City, and writes and lectures on tuning topics for the Piano Technicians Guild.
Daniel Levitan's seven-movement Baroque Suite for solo marimba contains a Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, two Bourrees, and a Gigue. Tempo indications, dynamics, and accents have been omitted as in Baroque notation and left to the performer's discretion.
The contrasting four movements of this suite are unified by the use of a formal device in which a short amount of material is repeated four times. In the first movement, the thematic material sets-up a series of variations in blues form. The second movement is a sort of rondo. The third movement is characterized by rapid transformation in which the...